29 June 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial to Resume Monday After Psychiatric Tests

Photo: Phill Magakoe/Sapa
Star sprinter Oscar Pistorius is seen at the High Court in Pretoria on after spending 30 days under psychiatric observation.

The murder trial of South African runner Oscar Pistorius resumes Monday after a month of mental evaluations to determine if an anxiety disorder could have influenced his actions the night he killed his girlfriend.

The presiding judge is expected to receive reports from the three psychiatrists and one clinical psychologist who tested the Olympic athlete.

The evaluation was ordered after a psychiatrist testified for the defense that Pistorius had an anxiety disorder that could have contributed to the killing of Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of February 14, 2013.

Pistorius has claimed he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot her through a bathroom door.

The prosecutor has charged that Pistorius killed the 29-year-old model after an argument.

Pistorius is known as the "blade runner" for his carbon-fiber prosthetic legs. He was the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympics at the 2012 games in London.

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